Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Library Now Makes ID Cards

The library finally has the ID card maker up and running for the year.  If you lost your ID and need a new one come by the library and we'll make one for $5.00.  Don't forget those ID's come in really handy when you're travelling!

Samson-Dimond Library Closing

Saturday, December 11th, was the last day that the Samson-Dimond branch of the library was open.  It was closed by the city due to budget cuts.  The closest library to us is now the Loussac library on 36th and Denali.  Time to start driving even further from home to use the public library!

Bye bye Mall Library, we'll miss you!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Bookmark Winners Announced!

Congratulations to the three winners in Goldenview's 2010 Bookmark Contest!  This year the theme was Look It Up @ Your Library!  Goldenview had 23 entries, and the votes were very close this year, closer than any year in the past.  The top three winners are pictured at left.  They are:

1.  Mariella
2.  Greta
3.  Hayley

Congratulations to the three of you!  Your bookmarks will travel to the librarian's meeting at Bartlett this Friday and compete in the district contest.  May the best bookmark win!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Teen Underground Logo Winner Announced

Wondering who won Loussac Library's Teen Underground Design the Logo contest?  Well it's time to Congratulate 8th grader Spencer Mitton of Northern Lights ABC school!  Look for his logo, shown above, when you visit the Teen Underground in April.

What is the Teen Underground?  It will be a high-tech learning center encased in a glass modular where students can collaborate, learn, research and study. It will be located in the northwest corner of the library's third floor.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Voting Starts Tuesday

Come to the library sometime this week and vote for your favorite bookmark!  Each student will get to vote for their two favorite bookmarks.  The top three will receive a prize and will move on to the district competition!  Who will win?  You get to determine that! 

Voting will start at lunch on Tuesday and will conclude at noon on Monday.  The winner will be announced Monday night on Facebook and Tuesday morning on the announcements at school.  Stay tuned!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Just for Fun: What's Your Harry Potter Name?

To celebrate Harry Potter 7a coming out this week (who's going?  I am!!), here's a fun website you can go to that will create a Harry Potter name for you.  My name is Olympe Barnacle, but you'll need to refer to me as Ms. Barnacle, please.

And in other literary name generators, here's the site for a Hunger Games name! (Reececole M. Spideread)

And finally, you can create your Jane Austen name too! (Lady Clara Prescott)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Thanks for the Books!

Thank you to everyone who supported Goldenview and bought books at the bookfair!  Thanks even more to those who bought a book and donated it to the library!  Between the donated books and gift cards, the library was able to get 15 new books!  If you donated a book, and would like us to put your name on a bookplate on the face page, please come by the library and claim your book!  We want to know who our wonderful donors are!

Monday, November 1, 2010

2010 Bookmark contest starts today!

Look It Up @ Your Library

The 2010 School District bookmark contest starts today and runs through November 24th.  Come by the library and pick up an entry form with a blank bookmark template on it (or print them off here).  All entries received by November 24th will be on display for voting by students and staff in the library during the week of November 29th.  The top three winners will be announced on December 6th at school and via FaceBook on December 4th.  The top three winners will get Borders gift cards.

The theme for this year is Look It Up @ Your Library.  So grab your art supplies and head to the library!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Support Goldenview and the Library at the B&N Bookfair October 30th!

Goldenview Middle School’s Book Fair at Barnes & Noble
Saturday, October 30th
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Goldenview is hosting a Book Fair at Barnes & Noble on Saturday, October 30th, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  There is the potential to raise a lot of money for our school that day.  With every purchase Goldenview will receive a percentage of the proceeds.  There will be several tables with selections of books to buy for the library and your teachers.  If you buy and donate it to the library your name will be put on a bookplate for the inside front cover (and everyone else will be grateful to you for buying the book!)

The music department will be performing, along with face painting, door prizes and more.  Art students' work will be hung in the entrance of the store.

You have to mention Goldenview when you make your purchases in order for Goldenview to receive a percentage of the proceeds from the sales.

Don't forget to buy a book for the library!

Monday, October 18, 2010

What's Up with the Computers?

Something's different!  If you know what it is, leave a comment here!  You might be rewarded for the right answer!!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Help the Teen Underground!

The Loussac Library is having a contest to design a logo for the Teen Underground--the new youth space in the library.  Did you notice that there is no cool picture to draw your eyes to this story?  It's because it doesn't exist yet!  So enter the contest and draw a logo.  If you win, then your logo will be what all teens see when they come hang out in their new area at the public library from now on!  Plus you'll be a specially invited guest at the grand opening in April.  So get drawing, because all entries are due by November 2nd.  You can pick up an entry form in the Goldenview library, at any public library, or you can download it here.  Turn in your entries before the 2nd to either the public library or Ms. Roohi.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Book Trailers!

Attention book AND movie fans, you can now have the best of both worlds!  There is a new trend in the book world, and it is called Book Trailers (think movie trailers about books)!  That's right, some industrious individuals are out there right now making trailers to your favorite books.  Some of them are even your fellow students!  So to celebrate this new trend, there is a competition going on right now to find this year's best book trailers.  If you want to have a say, go to this website, watch the book trailers, and vote before October 22nd!  Two of my favorite trailers are in the column to the left of this posting (now removed--sorry!).  And, if you're interested in making your own book trailer, come talk to Ms. Roohi.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Battle of the Books Starts Tuesday!

The 2010-2011 season of Battle of the Books starts Tuesday during lunch.  If you want to participate, bring your lunch and come to the library at the beginning of lunch period.  We will eat in the library and start practice!  Practice is every Tuesday and Thursday during lunch.  This year we have the best list of books ever, so if you want to participate, print off the permission slip and come to practice this week!  See  you @ lunch!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Banned Books Week!

This week is Banned Books Week across the country.  So now is a great time to think about all the books we love, and what our life would be like if we hadn't been exposed to them.  Some of our favorite books other people don't want us to read because they don't like the message contained in them.  The Cat in the Hat is great!  But don't read The Lorax, because some logging groups don't want our children exposed to the idea of conservation!  And what about Harry Potter, Twilight, A Wrinkle in Time, Huckleberry Finn, the Bible, Fahrenheit 451 (yes, a book on banning books has been banned) Julie of the Wolves, Call of the Wild, the Qur'an, the Outsiders, 1984 or Animal Farm (these last three are often read by Goldenview 8th graders).  If this is peaking your curiousity, come to the library and check out the display (and check out a book--banned or not!).  Or you can look at the books in the bookriver of our catalog, they've all been banned at one time or another! 

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Public Library Needs YOUR Help!

Loussac is designing and building a brand new teen section in their library!  It will be finished by spring, but they want input from ALL teens in town to know what you want to have in the new area.  To give your input, take this quiz TODAY!  One of the questions is what to name the new area.  Once they have decided upon the name, there will be a contest to design the new log for the area.  So keep your eyes tuned to this space for details on the logo contest.  Meanwhile, take the survey!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Mockingjay: Did You Like It?

Ok Hunger Games fans, Mockingjay has been out for three weeks now and many of you have read it.  I'm hearing very mixed reports.  What do you think of it, and why?  Leave a comment here and let's get a discussion started!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

We Now Have Four Dedicated Catalog Computers!

Thanks to a wonderful volunteer, we now have four computers in the library that are solely dedicated to our new catalog.  That means four of you can now access the catalog at once!  Four of you can sign on to your account and put a book on hold!  The twelve other computers in the library (as well as all other internet enabled computers in the world) will access the catalog too, but you will need to sign on to them first.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Bye Bye Webcat, Hello... what, Webdog?

The big news at the start of this school year is that WebCat, our old library catalog is gone, and has been replaced by a much more user friendly catalog called LS2-PAC!  Granted the name leaves a little to be desired, (so we'll call it WebDog for the time being), but the services it provides are great!  It now has smart searches, it corrects your spelling, and shows you the covers!  And if you create an account you can renew your books online, request that books be held for you if they're checked out, rate and review your favorite books, and always know what you have checked out and when it's due.  If you'd like to make an account come visit the library, email Ms. Roohi, or find the directions on the Library's static website (this is the blog).

Friday, August 13, 2010

Welcome Back to the Library!

School starts in five days, are you ready to go back?  We'll be there ready to help!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

It's Towel Day!

Are you a Fan of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy?  If so, you might want to show your love by bringing your towel with you everywhere today.  Yes, May 25th is Towel Day, in honor of Douglas Adams.  I brought my towel to the library today and used it to help me unpack all the fabulous new books we got!!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Congratulations Boscos Winners!

In an earlier post it was announced that Bosco's was having a manga art contest.  Well, the winners have been announced, and the second place winner in the middle school black and white division was none other than Goldenview's Becca Padrick!  Congratulations Becca!  In the high school division there were two former Goldenview winners: Victor Gonzalez in the black and white category, and Claire Underwood in the colored category.

Summer Reading!

Summer is here, and what are you going to do with all that free time?  How about read a great book?  If you're not able to travel outside this summer, you can at least travel to far off places, times and even planets in a book!  Not sure what to read?  Then check out our list of great summer reads!

If you can't get enough reading, and you want to have an excuse to read even more, then check out this reading endurance challenge!  How much can you read in 48 hours?  How many books?  See how much you can read on the weekend of June 4-6, and then write about it on a blog, Twitter or probably even updates on FaceBook!  I'll post at least one blog entry right here on this blog.

Have a great summer reading!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

It was a busy year!

Dear Students,

You have kept Ms. Roohi and Ms. Bear very busy this year!  From the first day of school until now you have checked out 12,676 books!  That averages out to 16 books per student!  By way of comparison last year we only checked out 9,579 books, so you are a group of huge readers! 

Keep those library books coming back, we still have 146 books out as of Wednesday afternoon!

And if  you're wanting to know what books to read for summer, stay tuned and we'll post a list here, along with news of a fun reading challenge in June!

Sincerely, Your Friendly Neighborhood Librarian

Monday, May 3, 2010

The End is Nigh!

The good news: school is almost over!  The bad news: all the books need to return to the library before you can leave for the summer!  So this Wednesday is the last day to check out books, and all books are due back in the library on Friday the 7th.  Overdue notices will be printed twice this week so you can start looking for what you have checked out.  Clean up your room and dig those books out from under your bed!


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Your Library's Got Game!

What's that you see in the library?  Is it a Wii?  What's the library doing with a Wii?

Last Friday a brand new Wii was delivered to the library as part of a gaming grant that all middle school libraries in the district received.  We received a Wii with one remote and Wii Sports, and 2 DDR pads (rumor has it we should get the gaming software for that soon). 

There are no big plans for the Wii yet, as they are still in the development stage.  So between now and the end of school the Wii will be on during lunch in the library as plans are made for next year. 

Students should feel free to come down and use the Wii during lunch.  However, as a "fee" to use the Wii they will have to help set up guidelines for fair use, and also come up with ideas for the use of the Wii at school.

Finally, we would love to have three more remotes and some other games (school appropriate, of course!) for the Wii.  If you'd like to donate some to the library, please do!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Two Students are Guests on Talk of Alaska along with Author Roland Smith!

On Tuesday morning two seventh graders travelled to the APRN studios and participated in the Talk of Alaska radio call-in show with host Steve Heimel.  The students posed questions for author Roland Smith as part of the Alaska Spirit of Reading program.  The interview was very interesting, and Mr. Smith told many amusing and insightful stories about writing and researching his books Peak, Thunder Cave, Zach's Lie, and Sea Otter Rescue.  Becca and Benton asked some great questions.  Listen to the show here!

Next year's author for the Alaska Spirit of Reading program will be Will Hobbs, author of Far North, one of the Battle of the Books for middle school in 2010/2011.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Mrs. Mortenson Visits Goldenview!

On April 16th, Jerene Mortenson, mother of Greg Mortenson, the author of Three Cups of Tea, visited Goldenview and gave an inspiring talk to all the students and staff.  Mrs. Mortenson spoke of her son's experiences, and the importance of building schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan to the peace process.  She especially stressed the importance of educating girls.

On her way to the auditorium Mrs. Mortenson stopped by the library and donated several copies of all three of her son's books, including 8 copies of the young adult edition of Three Cups of Tea, which will be a middle school battle of the book next year.  Thank you Mrs. Mortenson--both for the books and the inspiring talk!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Celebrate Poetry Month with a Spine Poem

April is National Poetry Month.  It is also National Library Month (don't forget to shower your librarians with lots of love and chocolate)!  To celebrate the month, we are creating poetry in the library...  with book spines!  We have pulled lots of books with provocative and intriguing titles, and we are asking you to come to the library and spend five minutes making a poem out of them.   Any book in the library may be used, not just ones we have pulled.  You may also use WebCat to find suitable titles.  You may bring books from home, or even do this at home and bring in a picture!  When you finish your poem come find a librarian and we will take a picture of your poem and post it here!  Here are some examples to get you started:

Monday, April 12, 2010

New Books! The Last Ones for the Year

Last week and this week the library got the last two shipment of books for the year.  Mostly we got country books for next year's seventh graders, but there were still some fun books in there too!  Like The Reformed Vampires Support Group, Monstrumologist, Fang and Incarceron.  The new books are all in the link to the left, and can be put on hold.  Starting Wednesday the library will be open for 8th graders again at lunch.  7th graders, you're not so lucky.  But you can still come in before and after school, or between classes!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Big Book and Movie News! Twilight and Hunger Games Fans!

Two things came to my attention today that will probably interest you.  First, Stephenie Meyer is coming out with a new Twilight novella in June!  The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner will be released on June 5th, and is about a minor character from Eclipse.  Even better, between June 7th and July 5th you will be able to read it online for free at breetanner.com

And Hunger Games Fans, the movie will be coming out sometime in 2011.  So far there is no word on the cast, but do you think it will translate well into a movie?  For sure there will be awesome action scenes, but will we be able to know everything Katniss is thinking?  Anyway, these are no official movie trailers and the cast hasn't been announced.  However, there are many fan made movie trailers and wishlists of the cast on the Internet, and I liked these two best.  What do you think?  Who should play the roles in the movie?

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Testing Starts April 1st, No Joke! Get a Book!

The testing season starts on Thursday, April 1st, I kid you not.  8th graders will be taking the science test, and 7th graders will be waiting, waiting...  Then the following week everyone has three days of testing to complete.  And what are you going to do when you're finished working but time isn't up?  Your teacher will be giving you the evil eye if you sing, tap dance, or take out an electronic device.  As a matter of fact the only teacher approved activity is reading, so avoid the Thursday morning rush and get to the library NOW and check out a book!  Some kids run in the library and grab the first book they find on the shelf.  But if you'd like to read something interesting, ask Ms. Roohi for a suggestion.


Monday, March 29, 2010

Another Announcement from the Public Library

Do you love the public library and want to get more involved?  Then consider joining the Teen Advisory Board!  The TAB meets the last Tuesday of every month from 3:30 to 4:30 at the Loussac Library.  If you want to help plan fun activities for youth at the library, then come to a meeting!  Get more information here.  The next meeting is THIS WEEK (Tuesday the 30th)!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Make a Splash--Read @ Your Library!

Anchorage Public Library has just today announced a poster contest in conjunction with People Mover busses.  Design a poster using the theme Make a Splash--Read @ Your Library! and include a bus in the picture, and if you're the winner, they'll enlarge your picture and put it on the busses this summer!  Get more information here.  All entries are due by April 30th.  Entry forms can be picked up at the public library, Goldenview library, or downloaded here.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Are you a Wimp?

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie comes out on the 19th.  Are you going to go see it?  Have you read the book?  We have all of them in the library!  Even if you have no plans to read it or see it, you are no doubt familiar with the iconic stick figures.  Would you like to become a wimp yourself?  Then check out this fun website!  See, I even did one of me!  If you want to email me your wimpified self, I'll post them here sometime next week!

Ms. Roohi, Superlibrarian/wimp

Monday, March 15, 2010

Goodbye Macs, Hello Flat Screens!

If you come in the library this week you will notice that the computer area looks much nicer.  Thanks to Mr. Holleman the two Macs are gone and all the the big CRT monitors have been replaced by flat screens.  But that's not all!  He also spent a significant part of the Friday before break (remember that day?  You students were already off), updating all the computers.  That means not only do the library computers look nicer now, they also run faster!  You should notice it the next time you're in the library playing games doing research on the computers.  If you like the improvements, thank Mr. Holleman the next time you see him!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

2010/2011 Battle of the Books announced!

Hang on to your seats die-hard BOB fans!  Saturday afternoon at the annual Alaska Library Association conference, the Battle of the Books list for next year was finalized.   In probably the first post anywhere in the state, I will give YOU, dear Goldenview reader, a peak into what we're in for next year.  And it looks like it will be great reading fun!  The list so far (barring any changes due to items being out of print):

Airborn by Kenneth Oppel
Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
Cracker: Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata
Far North by Will Hobbs
Full Tilt by Neal Shusterman
Hidden Talents by David Lubar
I'd Tell You I Love You, but then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter
Juvie Three by Gordon Korman
Shipwrecked: True Adventures of a Japanese Boy by Rhoda Blumberg
The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
Three Cups of Tea: Young Reader's Edition by Greg Mortenson
The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex

This is a totally awesome list.  The Thief is one of my favorite books, and the fourth in the series is coming out in two weeks.  I'm very excited.  Shipwrecked is one of the most intriguing pieces of nonfiction I've read; it even left me with goosebumps.  And The True Meaning of Smekday is just plain silly.  Did I tell you I met Adam Rex, the author, this summer?  See, he even pictured me on his blog!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

What are you doing to celebrate the good Doctor's birthday today?

How well do you know his books anyway?  Take this fun little quiz and find out!  Was that one too hard?  This one is easier.

Finally, here is a short biography of Dr. Seuss.  If you'd like to read more, come check out his biography in the Library: The Boy on Fairfield Street.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Library: Your Spring Break Headquarters

Spring break starts Thursday afternoon, but who's counting?  What will you be doing?  Will you be going anywhere?  Whether you're staying in town, or heading someplace warmer, don't forget to drop by the library and stock up!  What can the library offer?  Check it out:
  1. Heading to the Kenai or the interior on a long car ride?  Check out a playaway to listen to in the car!
  2. Hopping on a plane for a longer trip?  Check out a book to read on the plane!
  3. Need some ID for the plane?  The library can make you a new school ID!
  4. Just staying home and don't know what to read?  Check out some of our book recommendations!
  5. Did your teacher actually assign you homework?  Don't forget to use the library research tools here on this blog or on the library website!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Graphic Novel Lovers and Artists, Take Note!

Bosco's has just made two big announcements today.
  1. David Petersen, the author of Mouse Guard, will be at the Spenard Bosco's on March 4th, from 5-7 signing books.  If you'd like to meet him come by during that time!  You can get more information here.
  2. If you love to draw, especially characters from manga, then Bosco's has a contest for you!  All entries are due by April 16th, and there are prizes for three different age groups.  Also, if at least 10 students from Goldenview enter the contest, our school could win a contest too!  Talk to Ms. Roohi for more details.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Library Puzzle

This year students in the library have completed four puzzles.  At right is the latest puzzle, completed on Thursday, of Washington, D.C.  It had 750 pieces and was completed in a little over a week.  The puzzles have been very popular, perhaps as a relaxing diversion from all that school work!  If you'd like to try your hand at the next puzzle, stop by some time!  And if you have extra puzzles at home that you'd like to donate to the library, we're looking for some good colorful puzzles, like this one.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

New Books!

The library received 141 new books on Friday ($2748.19 in case you're wondering).  Most of them were history and geography books to help update our aging collection, but we did get a few interesting ones!  Of note are a few new graphic novels including Cirque du Freak, Daniel X, and Tsubasa.  We have several series continuations, including Ranger's Apprentice, Vampire Kisses, and the Frog Princess.  Plus the latest books from James Patterson, Sarah Dessen, Mike Lupica and more!  Check out the book covers of our new books on the left, and click on one for more information.  Come check out a book!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Lightning Thief Movie--Did You Like It?

From what I heard around the library today many of you went to see Percy Jackson and the Olympians: the Lightning Thief over the weekend (What?  You weren't watching the Olympics?).  Many of you liked it, but more of you said it was nothing like the book, and were quite disappointed.  What do you think?  Did you like the movie?  Was the fact that it was so different than the book ruin it for you?  If you haven't read the book, did it make you want to start?  Leave your opinion here!  Take our poll on the left here!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Hunger Games Book #3 Cover Released

In case you hadn't heard, the third book in the Hunger Games trilogy will be released August 24th, 2010.  That's old news.  But the new news is that it finally has a cover!  Take a peak at the cover at left.  Do you think the series will have a good ending?  Does the cover look more hopeful?  And who will live: Peeta or Gale?  I can't answer those questions now, and neither will the publisher, but they will tell us five things that WON'T be in the book.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Welcome 6th Graders!

The 6th graders have been in the library all week, and we want to welcome the perspective students.  We hope all of you will use the library A LOT next year!  Please feel free to drop by any time or to call or email us with questions, in addition you can read this blog for fun information or check out the website for all our resources.  The library is here to help you in school, but it is also a fun place to hang out as can be seen below:

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

L is for Librarian, Right? -- A Clarification

Some students were laughing at the librarian for her picture in the last blog post, but she was just demonstrating the international Librarian greeting that they use to recognize each other when they go undercover.  So, in case you think it means something else, it doesn't.   

By the way, in case you think librarians ARE losers, we do have some common sense. Like this bicycle pictured below? Bad idea kids. The only kids who read and bike are the ones who later text and drive. Don't start!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

8th Graders Boycott Story Cafe!

In an unprecedented show of disapproval, the 8th graders boycotted the start of Story Cafe on Tuesday.  What gives 8th graders?  Do you not like the book?  Are you not interested?  Or is your librarian a loser?  If you like the idea but would like to listen to a different book, please tell us in the library NOW!

7th graders, thanks for coming!  If you missed the first day but want to start coming, it's not too late!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Opposing Viewpoints--Our New Database

Just today we got a subscription to the Opposing Viewpoints Database from Gale.  This resource will be a great help to everyone working on debates or a paper on controversial issues.  While the students on Vega and Borealis are probably wishing they'd had this back in November, this will really help Phoenix next month when they start their debate project, and will be available all next year to you future 8th graders!  Click here to access the database, or look for this icon on the webpage, or in the links on the left hand side of this blog.  The username and passwords are the same as the one for our Electronic Reference Books.  If you still need password help, come in to the library for a password bookmark!

To make things really, really easy, there is now a widget in the left column of this blog where you can type in query and get results right here from the blog!  Try it now!  The widget for the Electronic Reference Books is there too.  That one is especially good for chemical elements research.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Story Cafe Starts Tuesday

Starting Tuesday, and continuing nearly every Tuesday and Thursday lunch until the stories are finished, Ms. Bear and Ms. Roohi will read a book during lunch.  Come to the library and get a pass, then bring your lunch and enjoy an exciting story!  Ms. Bear will be reading Day of the Assassins by Johnny O'Brien (well, unless someone (you know who you are) doesn't return it in time, then she'll read The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner) and Ms. Roohi will be Reading Peak by Roland Smith.  Listen to the announcements Monday for more information!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The WebCat Machine Is Back!

The second WebCat machine is finally up and running again after being down all year.  Thanks to Mr. Bear for fixing it while he was subbing in the library on Monday.  And the even better news about WebCat is... Next year our ugly WebCat interface should be replaced by a newer, easier-to-use, more graphical online catalog!  Look for it next August.  But in any case, we are back up to two machines for our online catalog.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Goldenview Takes Second in the District!

Goldenview's Battle of the Books team took second today in the District's Battle of the Books competition, narrowly losing out to Polaris.  The two teams traded the top spot all day until the end of the final round when Polaris pulled ahead on a technicality.  Congratulations to Lyndyn, Everett, Ilana and Lindsay for being Goldenview champs two years in a row!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Vote for Your Five Favorite Books of 2009

The site TeenReads.com wants to know what your favorite books were last year.  If you want to give your input, take the survey on their site.  The survey closes on February 1st, so vote this weekend!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Goldenview Bookmarks Available!

This year Jasmine and Michaela were the big winners of Goldenview's bookmark contest.  Sadly, they did not win the district's contest, so they did not get their bookmarks printed up to be distributed to all the schools.  However, I thought their bookmarks were so good I printed them myself.  They are now available in our library.  The next time you check out, don't forget to pick up one of their bookmarks!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Introducing Story Cafe!

Starting Tuesday February 9, the library will be hosting a Story Cafe every Tuesday and Thursday during lunch.  Bring your lunch to the library and listen while either Ms. Bear or Ms. Roohi reads a story.  Yes, you get to eat in the library!  But you have to clean up after yourselves, and be quiet of course.  What story should we read?  How about you choose!  The available books covers are shown to the left of this story.  To vote on which one you want to hear, click on this link.

Goldenview's Battle of the Books Competition!

Today was Goldenview's school Battle of the Books competition.  The battle was very competitive, but in the end experience won.  The winning team was last year's state champions, though the competition was very close.  Congratulations to Lyndyn, Everett, Lindsay and Ilana as they head to Clark on Monday to compete in the district battle.  Good luck!  More details to follow soon!